I am finding this very hard to review and evaluate, I'm also combining the first 2 books together as that is the download I bought. I will do my very best to explain my feelings on these books.
Firstly I have to say that as soon as I've written this I am buying the next book in the series - I can't leave the story like that, so yes I absolutely want to carry on reading, I spent a rainy (it's England!) Sunday unable to put these books down, unless absolutely forced to, and I will recommend them - even though bits of them really, really annoyed me. Confused? Yeah me too.
Firstly I'd heard/read several bits about Jory and Sam so was eager to read about them. I'd read quite a lot of negative stuff about Sam - but you know what, I really liked the guy. In fact it was Jory I wanted to shake (and I really liked Jory too), as was said at (one of) their reconciliations, Jory could have spoken to Sam, given him a little bit of time instead of just running.
The characters in general I liked. EXCEPT, and this is one thing that bugged the living daylights out of me, apparently every single one of them had walked off a 'worlds most beautiful' photo shoot. Now I like my characters pretty - of course I do, but I hate having it rammed down my throat every two seconds just how beautiful they are. Less is more. Also, with book characters especially, the picture is built in the readers head so, even though there maybe some description, each reader has their own image of a character. So regardless of the physical description (apart from the obvious big, small, white, black, blond, dark, ginger etc) the character reflects their personality, in my head at least. So if I like them they will be good-looking - beauty is in the eye of the (beholder) reader. I don't need to be told every two seconds they are the most beautiful thing ever seen (and this was a lot of the characters, it certainly weren't uglyville).
So yeah, that was a bug bear, however, as I said I liked the characters. Jory was cheeky, straightforward (mostly)and likeable. Sam was a typical alpha, but I felt his passion for Jory, I really did. it gave me several stomach clenching, heart squeezing moments. The other characters were great too, the boss, families, work colleagues, I enjoyed them.
The story was good, the writing enjoyable - though on a couple of occasions I did get lost who was speaking when, and had to retrace the conversation - it was probably just me!
The twists and turns and together/apart, bits of the plot gave me a little whiplash at times, but nothing I couldn't cope with. And, I mean, talk about a good old cliff hanger at the end of each story! If they weren't going to keep you reading, I don't know what would.
I don't usually like writing about the bits that irritate me in a book (unless I'm asked to) but as I am
going to read the next one, and am
recommending this, I want to ask; what is the obsession with food? Poor Jory was constantly being fed by EVERYONE, and every time he went anywhere with Sam he ended up stuck in the kitchen cooking. What? It annoyed me, but - and I say this loudly - NOT ENOUGH TO PUT ME OFF THE BOOKS.
So, as I said at the beginning, I am in a real quandary as to how to rate this. I appreciate all the work the author has put in but....(she says, flicking over to ARe to get the next book).